What is a Christian?

A simple but very important question if we are really seriously thinking about becoming one. Depending on who you ask, the answer could range from – someone who believes in Jesus to someone who goes to a church, prays, reads the Bible or was born in a Christian country. It may surprise you to know none of these truly describe what it means to be a ‘Christian’.

Jesus didn’t come to be admired, start a new religion, give some nice teachings or perform a few impressive miracles; He came for a whole lot more than just those things.

Jesus said He had come’ to seek and to save the lost’. The lost – those who have lost their connection with God, their true identity as a human being, their way in life and possibly a whole host of other things.

Becoming a Christian is recognising 3 major things –

1) God as my Father:

Something called ‘sin’ that is living a life without any real reference to what God wants, going my own way, doing my own thing are what sin looks like. And as a consequence, therefore, I don’t have any real or meaningful relationship with Him and certainly don’t know Him as a Father – Jesus came to restore that.

2) Who I really am:

God created you for a reason – to have and to enjoy a life here on earth with God at the very centre. Until you find Him you will never find your true self – Jesus came to restore that.

3) A plan and a purpose:

You are not an accident, mistake or a life with no real meaning. God has a wonderful plan and purpose for every life on planet earth. Most of us have lost any idea as to what that really means – Jesus came to restore it.

So what happens next?

A B C…

3 simple steps A.B.C.

1) Admit that you have sinned, done your own stuff, lived life the way you wanted and that with God’s help you are willing to change.

2) Believe that Jesus Christ died for you because the Bible says ‘the wages of sin is death’ – He died your death so that you could have His life.

3) Come to Him with this simple prayer below and begin the journey of a brand new life as you become one of His followers.

To start you amazing and unique journey with the Lord Jesus pray…

Lord Jesus Christ,

I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life (take a few moments to ask His forgiveness for anything particular that is on your conscience). Please forgive me. I now turn from everything that I know is wrong.

Thank you that you died on the cross for me so that I could be forgiven and set free.

Thank you that you offer me forgiveness and the gift of your Spirit. I now receive that gift.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, Amen.

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